Alien: 11 Things You Might Not Know About Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi Classic

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AlienThis weekend there wasn’t a whole lot of interest for science fiction fans in theaters, unless you’re in an area where you could track down a theater that was showing The Rover. Next weekend we’re getting Transformers: Age of Apocalypse and Snowpiercer (finally), but in the mean time we’ve decided to climb into the Wayback Machine and revisit one particularly awesome slice of the past: Ridley Scott’s Alien, which went into wide release on June 22, 1979. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a few interesting Alien facts you might not have known.

1) The xenomorphs owe their acid blood to conceptual artist Ron Cobb
Having worked with Dan O’Bannon and John Carpenter on the low-budget sci-fi comedy Dark Star, Ron Cobb reunited with O’Bannon on Alien, helping design the Nostromo’s interiors and exteriors, the crew’s spacesuits, and other human-related elements of the movie (along with Chris Foss and Jean “Moebius” Giraud). Cobb also came up with the idea that the xenomorph would have acid for blood, as a practical solution to the question of why the humans couldn’t just shoot the alien and be done with it.

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  1. ResurrectRider says:

    Fun article…thank you!

  2. Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

    Could this Fucking idiot not get his facts right?
    Age of apocalypse is tho new X-men film in 2016.

    • Guest says:


      • Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

        EXTINCTION sorry predictive text but mine was only a mistake in the word not the whole Fucking title moron.

        • Guest says:

          I’m pretty sure that “Apocalypse” should have been capitalized, “fucking” should not be capitalized, and “the” does not have an “o” in it, genius. You might also want to ask your kindergarten teacher about something called “punctuation”. There are these things called “commas” and “periods” that intelligent people use when they don’t want to look like gibbering fools.

          If you can’t be bothered to read your own syphilitic ramblings to ensure they are at least readable, don’t expect anyone else to take you seriously. On the other hand, you could have simply corrected the author without being an obnoxious tool about it.

          • Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

            I wasn’t being a tool as you put it I am just sick of all of these websites and authors always getting they’re information wrong sorry if I offended you
            then again I wouldn’t expect a verbose idiot like you to understand that would I?

          • Guest says:

            It’s “their”, not “they’re”.

            If you are going to call someone a “fucking idiot” for making a mistake (and one that is not even the point of the article), don’t expect a lot of sympathy for your functional illiteracy. If this sort of thing makes you that angry, you might want to seek psychiatric help.

            I’m sorry that you are offended by the use of punctuation and proper spelling. But congratulations on learning to mash your paws against a keyboard. It must be quite a step up from throwing your feces at the wall.

          • Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

            No its not me that needs the psychiatric help mate I believe that’s you
            what is it daddy issues or mummy issues?
            And by the way these people like you that are more concerned about the grammar than what is actually being said doesn’t make you intelligent it actually makes you an idiot that cares nothing of anybody else opinion but his own,
            which also means that you probably have no real friends as you’ve probably pushed them all away with you being so bloody obnoxious and I’m guessing you have no girlfriend either as your probably suffering from small man syndrome in case you don’t know what tilt is I will glamorise it for you it means you have a small penis ass wipe.

          • Guest says:

            “tilt”? You also wrote “your” instead of “you’re” in that last run-on sentence. You seem to have trouble understanding the difference. And seriously, you need to learn to use punctuation!

            Oh yes, your opinion. Someone wrote “Age of Apocalypse” instead of “Age of Extinction” and that simple error made you so very mad that you just had to call the author a “fucking idiot” (sorry, a “Fucking idiot”) – while simultaneously spelling the title wrong yourself. You’re right (note the use of “you’re”), I totally glossed over your (note the use of “your”) airtight argument. Thank you for bestowing that brilliant insight upon the world, Einstein!

            The fact that a one-word response can make you this angry is really quite funny (and sad). It is understandable though. You never did anything meaningful with your life and probably work some low-level job like “cashier”, so you take out your self-loathing on others just so you can feel less emasculated.

            Please, for the sake of those around you, seek help you angry, sad man.

          • Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

            Ha, ha, ha I am not wasting any more oxygen on an idiot that thinks he knows everything that is more worried about literacy than getting a life and who obviously has no girlfriend no friends and a lot of parental issues that he would rather take his obsessive anger out on me than grow a pair of bollocks and aim his anger at the people he should really be angry with which is obviously his parents and yes I’ve used absolutely no grammar or punctuation as I know how much it really winds you up you sad little man.

          • Guest says:

            Yeah, you were deliberately trying to look dumb to make me mad, even in your first posting – nice try (oh wait, it wasn’t). The only emotion you elicit is pity, not anger. I must have been pretty close in my assessment of your sad life to make you run away like this.

            Don’t worry, I certainly wouldn’t want you to waste any more precious oxygen, seeing how little of it is actually getting to what passes for your brain. I know you’ll need all the brain power you can muster to handle that low-paying job of yours. Thanks for the laughs “Gnasher”.

            PS: You are incredibly easy to troll. It is not so fun when someone calls YOU dumb for a simple mistake, is it, Big Man?

          • Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

            Ha, ha, ha issues, you really are a retarded prat that gets your kicks trying to upset people aren’t you?
            me and my mates have been laughing at your retarded loser comments that think that you even have an effect on me with them Omg! Your so idiotically stupid it’s funny get a life moron ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

          • Guest says:

            I thought you weren’t going to “waste any more oxygen” on me. Thanks for proving my point. You just can’t stand that I’ve beaten you at every turn, and now you’re obsessing. If you put this much work into learning to read and write, you might not have such a low-level job.

          • Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

            Actually I don’t have a low level job but you go ahead and assume that if it makes you happy you idiotic moronic fool me and my mates will just keep laughing at your pathetic posts everyday and it will give us something to smile about ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Est te et mete’ idiota!

          • Guest says:

            I must have really hit the target to make you this unhinged. You’re not only so obsessed that you’ve responded twice after saying you were done, but you’ve been forced to call in your friends for emotional support. No amount of desperate, hysterical laughter is going to drown out the fact that you’ve lost (both here and at life in general), but kudos on actually spelling “ha” correctly so many times. Keep up the hard work and some day you might make your parents proud (or less ashamed) by securing a promotion to Shift Manager at your sad retail job.

          • Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

            Oh would you look at that my job has helped me get your freaking ip address so now all I have to do is.
            1 report you to this site for un lawful behaviour
            (Oh sorry already done that)
            2 send a lot of my boys to your house to render you useless in life and now that I have your I p address that won’t be hard.
            3 hit you with a virus to destroy anything on your pathetic computer.
            so if I were you I’d stay quiet and get on with your life while you can still walk and breath moron.

          • Guest says:

            “Unlawful” is one word.

            Speaking of which, nothing I’ve said is remotely unlawful, but your (empty) threat certainly is. As such, I’ve reported you to the site.

            Guess I had you pegged from the start – a sad, angry failure of a man. Even in your silly threat, you’re having other people do the work that you are too much of a coward to ever do yourself.

            Based on your last response, I must have really hit the target. Your impotent rage makes this all worth it. Think about this humiliation next time you want to be a tool to someone for making a simple error.

            Since you are likely about to be banned (and because I know you have little going for you in life), I will let you have the last word. Thanks for showing just how low a human being can sink, loser.

            PS: I win. Ha ha ha!

          • Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

            Like I said mummy and daddy issues you sad impotent little man and when I said I’d send my boys round that meant me with them you Fucking tool and when I come round there as I now have your ip address I can find your home address with that and I will shove your computer so far down your Fucking throat that you’ll be caps locking for month’s and I don’t give a shit about spelling or grammar you
            ignorant pick all I care about now is making it my life’s mission to put you in the ground you anal retentive Fucking idiot I’ll see you soon.

          • joemichaels says:

            I’m totally with you. I hate the haters who can’t spell, don’t understand grammar, and make mistakes with their punctuation. In fact, I up-voted you. But punctuation always belongs *inside* quotation marks. (Exception are the colon and semicolon.)

          • Bob says:

            That is correct by American usage, but UK convention puts the punctuation outside the quotation marks (except when it is part of the quoted text, of course).

            The page at http://tinyurl.com/3yuazzh describes some of the differences.

          • joemichaels says:

            Ah. Mea culpa. And very good to know.

  3. john juan says:

    your kidding right where do they find you guys from com-a -con or just off the street? i have a ideal go see a movie instead of hearing it second hand!

    • Trevor Gnasher Simmons says:

      Well I hope your not talking to me cos I go to the cinema to watch a movie atleast four times a week pal

  4. The Shadow says:

    Wow, the comments are almost more entertaining than the article. So, did Trevor ever find the guy?